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Beuronese Murals - The Carrying of the Cross

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Birth of Mary
Presentation of Mary
Marriage of Joseph and Mary
The Annunciation
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Adoration by the Magi
The Presentation of Jesus
The Flight into Egypt
Jesus teaching in the Temple
Wedding at Cana
St. Benedict's Conversation with St. Scholastica
The Funeral of St. Scholastica
Death of St. Benedict
The Ascent of St. Benedict
Carrying of the Cross
The Crucifixion
Descent from the Cross
The Dormition of Mary
The Coronation
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Carrying of the CrossCarrying of the Cross

The first two panels of the south side of the choir introduce the passion of Christ and Mary's participation in that passion. The composition of the first panel, "Mary Meets Jesus as He Carries the Cross," emphasizes the face of Jesus by placing it where the beams of his cross intersect. His eyes are sunken, his face strained, as he looks upon his mother who beholds her suffering son.

To one side of Jesus  one of the holy women who followed Christ supports Mary. On the other, an angry man with a whip drives Jesus forward, followed by a young boy, carrying the titulus (the "title" of Christ, to be affixed to his cross at His Crucifixion) and a basket of tools.

At the foot of the Blessed Virgin is an upright stone engraved with the letter E, a small cross, and the date, 1894. The "E" may indicate that Fr. Lucas Etlin, OSB, was the painter of this mural.